Citizen Participation at the Local Level in China and Canada by Andrew Sancton, Chen Zhenming

By Andrew Sancton, Chen Zhenming

This booklet offers the paintings of best students with regards to citizen participation on the neighborhood point. Case experiences examine Canadian and chinese language groups and extrapolate fascinating policy-level adjustments on the neighborhood point according to citizen habit and involvement. insurance comprises the features of political tradition and weather on neighborhood participation; elements specifically distinct to city negative, category migration, aboriginal, and immigrant populations; technique of protest, demonstration, and articulation of choice via populations; land-use, housing, city improvement, and source sustainability.

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The Paradox of Participation ◾ 27 The second challenge concerns who is responsible for the participation process. There are three issues here. First, the emerging approach to multistakeholder community leadership demonstrates the potential for public participation to occur in many contexts and at many levels—having an impact on local government decision making but not necessarily being driven by local government leadership. Given its legislated responsibilities for consultation on certain matters and its traditional role in consultation, how should local governments work their public participation agendas within this new paradigm?

In their review of the process, Jamieson et al. (2000) conclude that it contributed to the development of comprehensive policies consistent with the needs that drove the exercise. Somewhat ironically, this successful process was not retained as a permanent part of the city’s policy process. ” During this period, nothing aroused more passionate engagement than the prospect of municipal restructuring. Ideology and the quest for cost savings and “efficiencies” propelled municipal governments and their citizens into heated debates on amalgamation (Sancton 2000).

Html) have been dissipated by the festering debate about the long-term future of rural areas in the city. In February 2009, a council member from the central city publicly expressed his frustration at what he termed was overrepresentation of rural interests on council and the ability of rural members to coalesce and defeat urban-oriented initiatives. He subsequently hosted a forum at city hall to discuss de-amalgamation (Shufelt 2009). His crie de coeur was echoed by some rural groups whose espoused long-term goal is deamalgamation of the city.

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